Late Round Target: Now In Detroit, Can Jonathan Schoop Be A Productive Option?


What you see from Jonathan Schoop is what you get, and that isn’t entirely a bad thing… As long as you are clear about what you see, and it isn’t his 2017 performance.

I’m not going to say that Schoop will never hit 32 home runs with 105 RBI ever again, but the important thing to remember is that he did it with 675 plate appearances. He’s two years removed from that performance though, and he is on his third team in as many seasons as he joins the Tigers for 2020 to solidify the right side of their infield. Playing time shouldn’t be an issue, but it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if he was traded at the deadline.

As far as all of our trusty metrics go, Schoop is either average or slightly above when it comes to his Stat Cast and power metrics, and in reality, nothing has really changed over the past few seasons for him. What has though, is his playing time.

Last season Schoop hit .256 with 23 HR and 61 RBI, but it came in 121 games and 464 plate appearances. It doesn’t take much more than simple math to see the translation between his 2017 and 2019 production, but it’s simply not reasonable to expect that many at bats once again.

The good news is that the market isn’t forcing you to pay that price. While Schoop’s price has risen by a few rounds since he signed with Detroit, the second baseman is still priced accordingly. To be honest I would still refer to him as a value pick with an ADP of 387 (range of 237 to 515). By the time we reach April, it wouldn’t surprise me to see that edge closer to 300.

As the 38th second baseman off the board Schoop isn’t being drafted as anything but a reserve option, but he does offer replacement level value at a minimum. With second base being as weak as it is this and his 30 HR upside (with 20 HR floor), he is worth a look.

You know what you are getting from the veteran, and Schoop is one of those players who helps to fill out your roster in deeper leagues or acts as an injury replacement and ends up on a roster at some point. I’m not going to advocate ignoring the position with Schoop as your contingency plan, but if things get to a certain point in the draft then maybe just wait a little longer.


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